The director of get-out and Us returns to theaters this summer with a feature film where miracles merge with anguish.
Here is a cloud of very bad omen. Eyes and cameras rise, cautious, bewildered, incredulous. Something is wrong in the sky, casting malevolent shadows on landscapes of deserted hills, creating monumental singularities and seems to follow, extinguish, suck life. No, definitely, this is not the ideal place for a vacation. Welcome to the first trailer of Boopthe new horror film from Jordan Peele.
The acclaimed director ofUs winner in 2018 of the Oscar for best original screenplay for get-out , returns once more to his macabre loves. It sets the scene in the rugged California outback. His heroes, Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, run a horse training ranch, “the only one in Hollywood owned by African Americans”, rejoices the young woman in front of a film crew. He seems jaded. The rider prefers to contemplate the arid solitudes alongside a horse. He undoubtedly aspires to better. Only the worst awaits him.
As befits a film that would not wish to sell the wick of simmering combustion too hastily, the first images of Boop are enigmatic. Gossips will also say that we don’t see much. An invisible power turns off lights, swallows ambient electricity, frightens horses. This same nameless force is unleashed sometimes like an invisible cyclone, sometimes like a sudden extinction of the wind. Are we facing a supernatural force? An extreme geological phenomenon? An elongated shape glides through the sky and evokes the extraterrestrial flying cigars that some believe they see passing overhead from time to time. As in life, the hypothetical aliens do not leave their business card.
Jordan Peele plays on these ambiguities. A plan on the ranch abruptly cut off from the world gives him the opportunity to affix, in the trailer at least, his signature. She imposes. The letters slip from the top of the image as an alarming sign; an effect supported by the sudden rush of the music. Other plastic concerns linger in these foregrounds. The whitish, smooth top of a strange little figure moves toward a retreating figure. A veiled lady with a cadaverous face seems to have seen better days. The hand of a stranger, soaked in an unspeakable blackish substance, reaches out towards that of a toddler.
Is Jordan Peele inspired by The Creation of Adam of Michelangelo? The massacre that we guess seems to run counter to a possible genesiac discourse. And about the director’s two previous films, more concerned with social criticism, between horror and satire. Is it, in short, a film of continuity or rupture? “What is a bad miracle? Do we have a word for that?, wonders the character of Daniel Kaluuya, who perhaps feels the imminent scorch. It’s called a plague, for example – or a plague. According to the scriptures, they seldom bring a good time for the actors involved. Released on August 3 at the cinema.